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Billion Gallons of Sewage Dumped in the Ocean by Cruise Ships Every Year

/ 3 Comments / 10th December 2014

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From: Factually

Cruise ships are not the most environmentally friendly vacation destinations on the planet. In fact, according to the latest Cruise Ship Report Card by Friends of the Earth, they might be about the worst. These floating resorts dump over a billion gallons of sewage into the open ocean every year. In a sense, every cruise is a poop cruise.

That’s a lot of sludge to pour onto unsuspecting fish. But thanks to pollution regulations from the International Maritime Organization, it’s entirely legal. Acknowledging that dumping “raw sewage into the sea can create a health hazard,” the IMO says its okay for ships on international voyages to dump treated sewage into the open ocean if the vessel is at least three nautical miles offshore. If the sewage is untreated, the ship must be 12 nautical miles from shore before it dumps the passengers’ dumps.

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  • Christopher Allen

    We are effectively destroying this beautiful earth and the sea with our actions. We think the earth can take it indefinitely but it will hit us so hard that we won’t even know where to run to. It’s sad to hear that pollution regulators are just letting things slide all the time.

  • Hannah Robinson

    I can’t believe it! 1 billion gallons of sewage yearly! Unbelievable! And the amazing part is no one seems to care we are dumping so much garbage into our oceans. Why? There is clearly something we can do about this so why aren’t we trying to control these ships somehow and reduce this huge amount of waste?